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Posts from — November 2010

Imagine what would have happened if he lost

How much do you want to bet that the fighters in the next bout decided to keep the fight standing?

*Thanks to for the heads-up on the video.

November 30, 2010   No Comments

Sapp the Swedish meatball

There should’ve been Olympic diving judges ringside at Bob Sapp’s latest kickboxing match in Sweden. He takes a punch worse than Brock Lesnar.

November 30, 2010   1 Comment

Gerald Harris’s firing is a sign the UFC just became a tougher place to play

Speaking of Maiquel Falcao and Gerald Harris, a lot of people are upset that Harris was shown the door by the UFC following his decision loss. After all, it was his first loss in the octagon in four outings (which also included two Knockout of the Night bonuses), and he did survive an explosive onslaught from Falcao that only subsided in a lackluster third round.

Harris is taking being cut in stride - obviously he’s upset and obviously he wants to return to the UFC so he’s not going to say anything to jeopardize that. Did he deserve to be let go? Doesn’t really matter. It’s all part of the unofficial new-look UFC: for all the talk about growth and expansion, there are still only so many events each year and with the addition of the WEC’s bantamweight and featherweight divisions, it’s having an effect on every weight class. Jobs are on the line, more so now than they have been in years, and one loss can derail anyone not in the top 10 of their division.

November 30, 2010   No Comments

Maiquel Falcao has anger management issues

As I wrote following UFC 123, UFC newcomer Maiquel Falcao exhibited some Wanderlei Silva-type aggression against Gerald Harris – at least for the first two rounds. Aggression, it seems, is part of Falcao’s DNA, as this 2007 bout in Brazil clearly proves. It’s an ugly, reprehensible exhibition, but I can’t help but wish he’d brought at least a little bit of that to the third round against Harris.

November 30, 2010   No Comments

3-second KO overshadowed by referee attack

I discovered this oddball video circulating on Facebook this morning. It’s from an Evolution AMMA event that’s notable for it’s three-second knockout and the subsequent takedown and mounting of the referee – by the guy who got knocked out. Now, either the fighter was so disoriented from the KO that he didn’t realize what he was doing and who he was doing it to, or he was pissed that the fight was stopped so quickly. Clearly an early stoppage was involved.

November 29, 2010   No Comments

How to fix UFC 125 after Jose Aldo’s injury

Now that injury has forced newly strapped UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo to withdraw from his first title defense since the WEC was swallowed by its big brother, the card for UFC 125 is looking a lot less like something I want to battle a New Year’s Day hangover to see.

Now, it’s not a total write-off. There’s the lightweight title bout between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and the always-entertaining Clay Guida facing off with the reignited Fireball Kid, Takanori Gomi. But the remainder of the card is all Chris Leben and Brian Stann and Brandon Vera and Thiago Silva and Nate Diaz and Dong Hyun Kim – which is to say, it’s middling with a chance of exciting finishes. But can’t you say that about any card?

The absence of Aldo, one of the most dynamic and exciting fighters in all of MMA, is like a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking. The UFC needs to do something to make the card more presentable, especially because it’s their year-ending/year-beginning showcase.

So what should UFC prez Dana White do? Well, Aldo was expected to face Josh Grispi, who will now take on Dustin Poirier in a bout likely headed to the undercard – not exactly the kind of introduction White hoped for his newly acquired stable of WEC fighters. So he should consider moving the WEC bantamweight title fight between champ Dominick Cruz and Scott Jorgensen off December 16’s WEC 53 card and into the UFC 125 co-headliner slot and make it a battle for the UFC bantamweight belt. WEC 53 already has lightweight champ Ben Henderson against Anthony Pettis anchoring the event, so one less title bout is no great loss, especially considering it’s the last WEC event and ratings are a moot point. Conversely, he could move the Henderson/Pettis bout into the co-main event position, with the winner of that fight taking on the winner of the Edgar/Maynard main event. Now that would cause some fireworks, I’m sure.

November 29, 2010   No Comments

Video: Insane Muay Thai fight

This round starts out with two guys trading heavy kicks and punches. Then it gets crazy. Then it gets silly. Then back to crazy. Definitely a Muay Thai fight unlike any you’ve ever seen.

November 29, 2010   3 Comments

Brock Lesnar needs an opponent

So UFC boss Dana White caved to the Twitterazzi and scrapped a planned third fight between former heavyweight champs Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Dave Meltzer over at Yahoo! Sports says that’s a bad idea: Mir/Lesnar III would be a huge pay-per-view draw, is akin to the much-hated, highly watched Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III,  and besides, who else are you going to get to fight Lesnar?

Admittedly, Meltzer’s argument has merit. While a threepeat won’t come close to matching the 1.6 million PPV buys that the second fight at UFC 100 drew (although that card had the advantage of welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves, Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping and Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago), it would still be one of the biggest draws of 2011. And there are a dearth of heavyweights who seem like they could really challenge Lesnar (Junior Dos Santos has a date with newly crowned champ Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson has legal woes, Shane Carwin is out with a back injury).

Except, Lesnar’s a draw no matter who he fights. If it’s a contender, then we tune in to watch a war (and another possible Lesnar loss); if it’s a can, then we tune in to watch an execution. So toss him a legend like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira or Cheick Kongo or Brendan Schaub, both of whom are swing-for-the-fences strikers – and we all know how much Lesnar hates to get hit.

Of course, all of this depends on Lesnar, who’s off killing wild animals with a high-powered rifle. Who knows when – or even if – he wants to fight in the UFC again. After that beating from Velasquez, I’m betting the fake punches and huge paydays that pro wrestling provides are looking pretty good right about now. And as Meltzer points out, the only thing keeping Lesnar out of the WWE is Dana White and his UFC contract.

November 29, 2010   1 Comment

MMA fighter Robin Black wonders what makes an MMA expert an expert

Robin Black has started an interesting debate on his new blog, Ramblings from Robin, over on The Fight Network website and I have to say the subject hits close to home. The musician and professional MMA fighter, who also happens to be a friend and someone I used to train alongside, brings up the question of what separates an MMA expert from all the keyboard warriors with an opinion and an attitude and lots of bandwidth.

It’s an important question, especially considering that to the casual observer there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of difference between the two. How do you tell good opinion from bad? It’s not like there are belt rankings for MMA journalists (and I use that term – journalist – with trepidation, because I wouldn’t consider many of the folks out there writing about MMA as journalists).

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November 29, 2010   No Comments

Dan Hardy on getting knocked out, the return of BJ Penn and being a zombie

Ed. Note: Special thanks to MMA photographer Glenn Dextras of KO Shots for handling the camerawork.

November 24, 2010   No Comments

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